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Prospect Watch

By DAMIAN CRISTODERO, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published September 15, 2002

PLAYER: Evgeny Konstantinov

POS: G. AGE: 21

HT/WT: 6-0; 176.

HOMETOWN: Kazan, Russia.

WHAT'S UP: This is an important season for the heir apparent to Nikolai Khabibulin. Konstantinov has been told his work ethic must improve.

"You grow up. You understand more," he said. "I have to be a little more focused all the time."

He is expected to start the season with AHL Springfield.

"He's coming," goaltenders coach Jeff Reese said. "With a young goalie it takes time. He has to prove to the coaches in practice he wants to play, and that means stopping the puck."

Tampa Bay promoted Konstantinov to the Lightning for a short time last season so he could watch and learn from Khabibulin.

"Just to watch him," Konstantinov said, "that's a big school."


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